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What is so difficult about finishing cabinetry or woodwork inside the home???

Posted by info on 3/16/2011


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“Can you just stop by tomorrow for a couple minutes and spray some paint on the door casing for us?”  I wish it was that easy!  Unfortunately, spraying even a small panel of a cabinet or portion of baseboard requires close to the amount of labor required in finishing an entire portion of a kitchen.

The actual spraying of lacquer or paint is almost as easy as it seems, but it’s the preparation required before the spraying occurs that people often misjudge.  The pictures above and below are from a home in Tustin Ranch that needed the left side of the door casing lacquered in matching color to the door and baseboard throughout the room – this project serves as a perfect example to illustrate the issue of preparation.

Spraying lacquer requires the use of either compressed air system, a turbine based machine, or a low-pressure pump – with all three, there is a good amount of overspray that results from the process.  This overspray, if left to its own devices, will cause splatter on all other surfaces in the area.  So for this specific project, that would mean getting yellowish lacquer on white walls, beige carpeting, and bedding.  Needless to say, this is not an option!  To avoid this problem, we essentially have to create a plastic spray booth inside the home; one of our customers cleverly called this the cabinet “igloo.”

We completely mask off the area we will be spraying and use plastic covering to fully close off all other surfaces, including the ceiling and flooring.  This process, regardless of how much surface area we are spraying, often consumes up to 5 hours for 2-3 people.  Once this thorough preparation is completed, the actual spraying takes just minutes!
During the spraying of lacquer or paint and for approximately 1 hour afterwards, we use fans to blow the excess vapor out the nearest window.  Even after we are gone, it is recommended that you leave the window open for another 12 hours to make sure all the air is circulated out of the room.
We hope you now have a better idea of what to expect in having cabinetry or woodwork finished inside your home and what to look for in having it done correctly!

Stonebelt Cabinets
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